Harper Adams Triad Warning Integration – Software development to reduce energy usage during Triad periods where costs increase significantly. BEC developed software that intercepts warning emails from the Utility Supplier, to automatically schedule a shutdown of non-critical equipment across campus, to reduce demand during the expensive triad period.
TRIADS EXPLAINED AND HOW THEY WORK
Triads are the three half hour periods of peak power demand across the National Grid in a year (from November to February). These three points are used to calibrate the system costs, which are passed on to industry.
A Triad represents one half-hour period of the highest demand for electricity. To avoid Triads affecting businesses in consecutive half-hours, each has to be at least 10 days apart. When power demand peaks, the National Grid network is under maximum pressure to deliver power where it’s needed, and causes generators to bring online more expensive (and less efficient) production capacity. So, it’s in everyone’s interest to work together to minimise energy usage.
WHY TRIAD WARNING INTEGRATION MATTER TO MAJOR POWER USERS
If your business uses a lot of electricity the price you pay could be adversely affected by how much energy you use during the three half-hour periods of peak demand that the National Grid uses to determine its annual charge for transmission.
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